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Individual study: Effects of arboriculture stands on European hare Lepus europaeus spring habitat use in an agricultural area of northern Italy

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Cardarelli E., Meriggi A., Brangi A. & Vidus-Rosin A. (2011) Effects of arboriculture stands on European hare Lepus europaeus spring habitat use in an agricultural area of northern Italy. Acta Theriologica, 56, 229-238


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Plant trees on farmland Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 2005 in an area of arable farmland with scattered woodland cover in Lombardy Region, Italy (Cardarelli et al. 2011) found that presence of tree stands increased the use of an area by European hares Lepus europaeus. Of plots where hare faecal pellets were present, 12% were in poplar groves, compared to 5% of plots where pellets were absent being in poplar groves. In addition, 16% of plots with pellets were in short rotation forestry compared to 6% of plots without pellets. Arboriculture comprised poplar groves and short-rotation (2–5 year) forestry. Habitat use was assessed by recording presence or absence of hare faecal pellets in 150 randomly located plots, of 1-m radius, across an 820-ha study area, in March–May 2005.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)